Could marijuana lower veterans’ suicide rates?


WASHINGTON D.C. (WEHT) – Tuesday is World Suicide Prevention Day, and a group of experts and one Florida lawmaker are getting together to find out how cannabis could help lower veterans’ suicide rates.

Some groups in Washington say the science to back that up just isn’t there.

Air Force veteran Derek Blumke came to Capitol Hill to share his battle with prescription drugs.

He said doctors prescribed him with antidepressants and anti-anxiety medications, but he found relief with medical cannabis.

Congressman Charlie Crist (D-Fla.) agrees there is a problem.

“You know we have 33 states in America now that have legalized medical marijuana but at the federal level that still isn’t recognized. And so that caused a conflict obviously,” said Rep. Crist.

Wil Jones with Smart Approaches to Marijuana said, “We have to be very careful when there is an industry whose profit comes from more use of this product.”

He said there’s “no major medical association recommending marijuana for treating depression, anxiety, or PTSD.

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(This story was originally published on September 10, 2019)

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